March 17, 2013 - 8:21 am
Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles. I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish” hue) but the perfect green tone. I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++). I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes. Behold the birthchild of my resolve.
YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it. It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue. Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”. I beamed with success and said “Exactly…”
January 6, 2013 - 11:59 pm
Last year women abroad pulled Essie’s Mint Candy apple off shelves in droves. There is evidently something mesmeric about pastel, macaron-inspired shades. It’s almost like…given how perfect the shades are, you can almost taste what you see. These women (you included?) all just went mad for either mint or coral pink that season. The thing about Essie’s cool mint shade last year is that it was delightfully sweet looking on fingertips…fair slash pale fingertips that is. One look at Mint Candy Apple and I knew it was too pasty light a mint green for my medium oriental undertone hands to wear with grace…it was also too (groans) what’s the word…green (lol). This similar (but in no way a dupe) shade by Estee Lauder is better on me.
With no voluntary search a better suited, on the nose Tiffany, robin’s egg mint blue shade entered my life when Estee Lauder invited me last time to a nail pampering session. Estee Lauder polishes might be high end and not commonly on your luxe nail brands to try list…but people should try these more because they have an AMAZING chip resist formula. It’s a thick formula but lasts longer than others and whatever shade it might be holds that lovely finish well beneath any light all the time. Lo and behold, Dilettante, this slightly deeper bluish mint came home with me in a random loot bag. This color will be available from Estee Lauder counters beginning April 2013, right smack in the middle of summer. See the sun?
December 19, 2012 - 8:21 am
Mom brought home these cute, dinky size nail polishes by CANMAKE in Japan. The lot of them don’t fail in spreading that bit of holiday glitz and cheer and make great stocking fillers. A few are sheer but build up well when layered but others like my sparkly blue jeans shade (yes, mine I say) are opaque from the first stroke. They’re from what I know pretty inexpensive, convert from ¥378 each (Php converts to approx. half the amount).
Mom got these from an IICOT outlet at a train station in Osaka but CANMAKE cosmetics is also available at Matsumoto Kiyoshi which is the Japanese equivalent of Watsons to us or Sasa and Bourjois in Hong Kong. She said you’ll find Matsumoto Kiyoshi, that familiar blue and yellow store, probably like after every 50 to a 100 steps and at almost every urban corner in Japan. More goodies from the land of the rising sun coming up, and soon, also fresh from Japan…the unveiling of my current holy grail foundation for 2012!
November 16, 2012 - 8:05 am
It took awhile to spot this nail shade at the salon while I was choosing in Tinette & Co., BGC Fort. I’m glad my eagle eyes didn’t fail me this time.
OPI Tickle My France-y is the most subtle neutral beige pink that isn’t too dismissive aka overly translucent. I like wearing it with 2 light coats which allows a bit of my nail tip to fade in at the bottom almost like an implied french tip, with wear and tear over a few days the tip becomes more obvious…becoming better instead of worse to look at.
This has been on my nails for about 3 days. It’s also equally pretty with just one coat, being comparable with Essie Ballet Slippers in tone…but obviously a bit darker. It’s a good work shade, putting pretty on the nails with a bit of polish always helps take the day up several notches. I’m not sure if this shade is available locally but there are so many OPI stockists on Facebook and Multiply, or you can hop over to the salon I went to and make an appointment! Tinette & Co. is along Rizal Drive at Forbeswood Heights Bldg., G/F next to the mini stop. You can call or text to make an appointment at +639178385561. I recommend Myrna, Marlyn, or Levi for manicures. The AGATHA ring you see here is my fixed reminder of Mac, a West Highland terrier who belongs to friends of mine based in Singapore.
It’s a perfect resemblance isn’t it? The ring couldn’t have been more spot on since the white West Highland terrier is the emblem of the brand. Mom got me the ring several months back at the Agatha Greenbelt branch 60% off so it was about Php2800 or something.
September 24, 2012 - 12:03 pm
This was my first time to have a go at nail wraps using this Kate Spade freebie that came with my new bag. It was significantly more time consuming than painting the nails directly only because it was my first time. In the end it was a lot less messy without the annoying drying time and it was, how should I put it…as close to nail art perfection as I could ever hope to get.
INGREDIENTS: Epoxy resin, Acrylates Copolymer, Tris-BHT Mesitylene, Xylene, Potassium Cumene, Sufonate, TO REMOVE: Simply apply nail polish remover.
Basically, nail wraps are super thin nail stickers that are manufactured in a special way so they in a sense “laminate” the nail and the excess can be trimmed or cleanly filed off over the nail edge. Many brands already offer this breakthrough in nail embellishment including Sally Hansen which I am mentioning since you can’t purchase these Kate Spade ones which come as a freebie with a bag. Read more to get the full post and the complete directions I followed to apply the nail wraps. Sorry I didn’t show in photos how I did it step by step but the written directions are what I included.